It’s Hard to Take a Vacation When You’re a Writer

The problem with being a writer (and there are many) is that even if you are writing full time, it really never is a 9-5. Because even if you quit at 5, sit down on your couch and turn on your favorite show, there is something looking over your shoulder, a dark cloud looming over … Continue reading It’s Hard to Take a Vacation When You’re a Writer

How to Stay Alive as a Writer

You are a writer. You read novels and books on writing craft. You spend hours practicing writing and editing. You go to conferences and writing workshops. Well that's great. But that is keeping the writer alive, it's not keeping you alive.  Yes, we are actually human beings after all. While I am no health professional, … Continue reading How to Stay Alive as a Writer

Should You Write Ideas Down? Or Trust to Remember the Good Ones?

I HAVEN'T POSTED IN TWO WEEKS I'M SO SORRY PEOPLE. First my schedule was frantically full, then I got sick/allergies/an alien might have invaded my body. I'm back, and with stuff to say.   I heard a writer once say: "I don't write ideas down. If I forget them, I guess they weren't that good."  … Continue reading Should You Write Ideas Down? Or Trust to Remember the Good Ones?

Rewriting Old Stories

Lately I've been revisiting some old stories ideas.... For Nanowrimo (2017) I picked up a very, very, very, very old piece that was around before the asteroid hit and killed all the dinos (meaning when I was 14). That was a fantasy novel called Oh, Wonder Why the Sun Fell. I then picked up Raptor … Continue reading Rewriting Old Stories

How do I Make Time to Write??

"How do I make time to write?" a common question. And it has a very simple answer. YOU MAKE THE TIME.  No really. That is what it all ultimately boils down to. If you want to write, then you have to make time to do it.  But fine here are some tips on how to do … Continue reading How do I Make Time to Write??

Stages of Writing a 2nd Draft (as told by gifs)

So. You have finished your first draft. HIP HIP HORRAY!! Good for you! *pat on back* So you have your beautiful, gleaming - confusing, junk filled, messy, first draft. Time to fix it and write the 2nd draft. And now I present to you an illustrated guide to the stages of writing your 2nd draft, … Continue reading Stages of Writing a 2nd Draft (as told by gifs)

Should You Set a Daily Word Count Goal?

We like to get stuff done. Nothing better than checking something off a list, shutting a computer with everything finished, or collapsing on the couch after getting all that stuff you needed to get done, done. Writers like to know that they are finished for the day. The edits that needed to be made were … Continue reading Should You Set a Daily Word Count Goal?

Should You Write Everyday??

If there is one maxim that haunts the life of every writer, it is this one. You should write everyday. The saying has been around since - well, not since the dinosaurs roamed the earth, but it has been around for a while. Since it's been around for a while, it has gathered a bit … Continue reading Should You Write Everyday??

When is the Best Time to Write?

Writer's need routine because...well, routines are just helpful in general. When we talk about routines for writers, the question usually comes up "when is the best time of day to write?"  There is a theory (meaning: I have read a few "prestigious writers" that have said this) that the best time of day to write … Continue reading When is the Best Time to Write?